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Originally Posted by ThomasK
An example: The number 13356 was drawn.

grrr... as this is an even number, you just divide it by its half to get to 2. <Scratch that! Missed the part about the square root. Anyhow, minimum number of steps is always deterministic and it has nothing to do with the "number theory", more with programming, think about writing your number in binary and do some "magic" with it... I can't believe you wrote so much text for such a trivial problem, and these guys here fell into this trap.